Visited during a family road trip. Since I’m from out of town, the selection was very intriguing. A number of offerings I can’t get back in Milwaukee. I can see how the locals might be underwhelmed, though.
I’ve lived right next to this place for years. Decent beer selection for the area but you aren’t going to find anything you can’t find at other places in Iowa. Good prices, good employees. They also have limited amounts of homebrew supplies. This certainly isn’t worth a stop from a beer dork unless you are in the area and need beer for the night.
I used to live 4 blocks away from this place and it was on my way home from both work and school so it was my go to place for a quick sixer. Pretty good selection, usually have pretty knowledgeable staff in the day time, less so at night. More heavily Wine and Liquor based as al Hy Vee WIne & Spirits but still a good selection of micro and macro. Decent selection inside of the grocery store when the seperate liqour store is closed as well.
I agree that John’s Grocery is the place to go for beer selection. By at least 100 plus more beers.
But.....as far as KAF’s comment on the "people here" KAF must have talked to a temp or trainee because most of the staff are home brewers or will refer you to one of the home brewers that work there. They also have a "single beer" fridge that is always loaded with top of the line single beers. I for one am very happy to have them just a couple blocks away.
This is nothing special and if you’re here you may as well head a few miles into Iowa City and go to John’s Grocery. The people here are not very beer savy and they do not carry are great variety of beer. There are some lambics and of course Guinness but nothing that you can’t find anywhere else.